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Our thoughts on the death sentence

This past week Marcus Wellons was put to death for the 1989 murder and rape of a 15-year-old girl.

June 19, 2014 | | Our Thoughts


Commercial Improvement District could be a good thing

In last Sunday's paper we carried a story on the front page that explained in great deal the pros and cons of creating a Commercial Improvement District (CID) for the Highway 278 corridor in Covington.

June 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Jajuan Shaw’s winning agenda

Betty Ray Shaw explained to us that children of autism have their own agenda, and when they get something in their mind that they want to, or think they need to do, that's what they are going to do.

June 14, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on what to do with Nelson Heights

The Newton County Board of Commissioners had a lively debate this past week about what to do after a May 30 party at the Nelson Heights Community Center was marred by a gun reportedly being fired into the air by a passing car and hours of people milling about in the streets afterward.

June 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on a shift for volunteers

Volunteerism is ingrained in our county's foundation and has been the backbone of so many of our greatest successes on a nationwide and local level.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A positive should precede a negative

As a society, now more than ever, it seems, we dwell on the negative.

June 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on taxes

There's no question that anyone who owns property hates to pay taxes on it.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on group homes

We can understand a community's concern on having group homes and residences in their neighborhoods.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Support a good cause

The Washington Street Community Center is a busy place that is the heart and soul and pride of the communities surrounding the Washington Street corridor.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Retiring a great

Newton county is about to lose one of its finest public officials.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts: Lack of Leadership

This week the president, the commander in chief of our military, addressed the graduating class at West Point.

May 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Safety

It's time for our annual reminder on safety and the safety of our children.

May 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts on Memorial Day

"The United States and the freedom, for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we - in a less final, less heroic way - be willing to give of ourselves."

May 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Burning for you

We are eagerly awaiting the launch of DeKalb Technical College's new Fire Academy.

This academy will boost DeKalb Tech's enrollment numbers as well as ensure that Newton County and Covington Fire Departments can hire highly

September 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A reminder to men

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month; we doubt there is one family in America that has not had at least one family member have some form of prostate cancer

This year 192,280 new cases of prostate cancer will occur in the United States.

September 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


How refreshing

The elected officials of Social Circle made a wise decision at their meeting this week.

The council had discussed purchasing property for possible future growth at a previous meeting; there were no definitive plans on how to use the land presently - only speculation for future growth.

September 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Remembering 9/11

Eight years ago today, the people of our country were shocked and numbed by an incident - the second in this baby boomer age - that forever changed our dreams, our ideas and destroyed the fabric of comfort and safety we felt about being Americans.

In 1963, the sudden and swift death of the age of innocence after the assignation of John F. Kennedy brought about one of the most violent social changes in the history of our nation. The scars from that time still affect all of us in this country; our distrust of politicians and the media began then, and ...

September 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


President Pinocchio

President Obama decried opposition to his health care proposal Saturday saying that the other side has offered no plan and that the government plan is the only way to ensure health care coverage for those who can't afford it.

Mr. President, we wonder why your nose does not grow bigger like Pinocchio's for telling such a tale.

September 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A positive message

Never before has a president's speech to school children been met with so much nationwide cynicism and distrust.

It turns out that the distrust and concern was much ado about nothing.

September 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Run and read

As temperatures cool, weekend activities in Newton County heat up.

On Saturday athletes will take to the streets of Covington in the 26th Annual Fuzz Run and then the Learning Center will take over the Covington square with the sixth annual Literacy Festival. Both events are not only a whole lot of fun for the family, but also benefit two very important local efforts.

September 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... See you at the fair

Earlier in the century, one of the joys of the end of summer was the celebration of the town fair.

September 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mistrusting the media

When it comes to politicians' foibles and faux pas, the mainstream media's double standard is nothing new, but the Washington Post's recent coverage of the Virginia governor's race takes the cake. Republican gubernatorial candidate and current State Attorney General Bob McDonnell has been trouncing his Democratic opponent, State Sen. Creigh Deeds, in the polls for much of the campaign. So the Post has now dredged up a 20-year-old academic paper McDonnell wrote for a conservative Christian college in which he condemns homosexual behavior, criticizes feminism for being anti-family, and questions the effect on the family of the ...

September 06, 2009 | Linda Chavez | Our Thoughts


Labor Day musings

The arrival of September is always poignant; this year's release by the United Kingdom of the one person convicted for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, made it more so. Seems the guy has terminal cancer and wants to die at home among his family and friends, so the Brits rolled over and let him go. When the plane landed in Libya the terrorist was given a hero's welcome.

September 06, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Fun for some

God give me work, till my life shall end

September 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Wretched Wrangle

Charlie Rangel is a disgusting little man who represents the 15th district of New York. He currently is the chairman of the Congressional Ways and Means committee, which among other things is supposed to be the watchdog for the IRS. During his leadership, Rangel has jammed through laws that insure there is no mercy given by the IRS for mistakes and impose penalties on honest mistakes, penalties that can financially ruin people for the rest of their lives.

Now it seems that Congressman Rangel has forgotten to pay taxes on more than $600,000 of unreported income.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A special salute

This is a special salute to the efforts of Gunnery Sergeant Ret. Sherman Smith, who has led his charges in the Newton High School MCJROTC to victory again this year - as they have for the past eight straight years - earning national distinction as a Naval Honor Unit.

This action places the troops at Newton High in the top 20 percent of all Marine Corps Junior ROTC programs in the country.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Cheers to the career academy

We are always pleased to support the positive actions of our Newton County School System.

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the school system will submit a grant request to the Technical College System for $3.1 million in grant funds needed to create a new Career Academy at Newton High School.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Health scare: WWJD?

Are we a nation that measures the human worth of individuals based on their ability to pay? It's time for those who are religious and oppose single-payer national health care to tell the rest of us how, literally in God's name, they can do so. Have they traded their Biblical beliefs for political philosophies? Are they now serving two masters, and is Mammon winning out over the other? What would Jesus do? Would he care who paid for a child's expensive operation, would he say, "I'm sorry but if the government pays, it's a sin ...

September 02, 2009 | By James H. Haygood Jr. | Our Thoughts


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